If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon:
- MONDAY: 1 Kings 18:1-15
- TUESDAY: 1 Kings 18:16-40
- WEDNESDAY: 1 Kings 18:41 – 19:8
- THURSDAY: 1 Kings 19:9-21
- FRIDAY: 2 Kings 4:1-7
- SATURDAY: Judges 7
- SUNDAY: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!
Sermon Notes: “I’m Still Scared” ⤵️
Preacher: Steven Furtick
Passage: 2 Kings 6:15-17
Title: I’m still Scared
Date: March 29, 2020
Today’s sermon notes were taken during the 9:30 livestream from the Ballentyne campus.
2 Kings 6:15-17, NIV
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
A. What Won’t You Do
- It may feel strange to worship when things look so different and people are hurting but the joy of the Lord is my strength. What cannot be shaken will remain.
- ♪ “I’ve still got joy, ’cause the world didn’t give it, the world can’t take it away.” ♪
- Closing my eyes to see with my spiritual eyes: Preaching to an empty room but knowing I’m preaching to people all over the world.
- Difference between what I see with my eyes and what God is doing on the other side of the screen.
- When we see the least, God does the most.
- 2 Kings 6:15-17 (above)
- Waking up in a different world to an invisible virus.
- Pastor Steven shares a story about his daughter Abby coming to him in the middle of the night because she was scared. After he reassured her, she said, “I’m still scared.”
- Sometimes what I don’t do is more important that what I do. Well-meaning Christians need to learn to keep their mouths shut.
- What won’t you do? The prophet’s instructions starts with “don’t.”
- What do we do? The first thing we do is to decide what we won’t: Don’t. Be. Afraid. But I’m still scared. To have flesh means to feel fear.
- Don’t compare.
- Don’t minimize.
- Don’t say it’s God’s judgment on the world.
- What I won’t do is just as important as what I do.
- Have faith. I don’t mean the “answer” kind of faith. I mean the “better question” kind of faith.
B. Praying for Perspective
- Elisha’s ministry was a prophetic ministry. It’s not about knowing the future but about seeing the invisible. What we can’t see is more important that what we can see.
- “When praises go up, blessings come down,” but faith isn’t a lever to pull, not “Jackpot Jesus,” faith is a lens.
- Sometimes God changes “it,” sometimes God changes me.
- Perspective: Something small can block out something big. (A small object too close to a camera lens.)
- Elijah sees just a small cloud, the end of a drought. Elijah on Mt. Carmel, God shows up big to destroy the prophets of Baal. (1 Kings 18)
- But then Jezebel threatens Elijah’s life (1 Kings 19:2) — he got blocked by something small. He was afraid so he fled. He fled because he did what came natural. Sometimes we feel more familiar in a state of fear than in a state of faith.
- Prophetic, not pathetic.
- Don’t let something small block out something bigger.
- A crisis can’t block out God’s calling.
C. Miracle Math
- Miracle math:
- Not counting deaths on a ticker–this isn’t a sport.
- Gideon–too many men–but I’m going to battle! But then you’ll think it was you. Get it down to 300 men and then you’ll know it was God.
- When Elisha prayed, help did not come, help was already there: “Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
- The Lord only had to show him what was already there.
- Sometimes all we need to pray for is perspective.
- God did not answer Elijah’s prayer by eliminating the enemy but by illuminating his presence.
- Lord, shine your light in our lives so that we can see who you are, not who we thought you were.